Gay Abuse Victim Claims Pope Told Him 'God Made You like This'

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Pope Francis reported comments to a gay man have been welcomed by the LGBT community

"Tell me: When God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?'" he said (translated).

"'You know Juan Carlos, that does not matter".

Cruz said the issue of his sexual orientation was raised as some of the bishops attempted to paint him as a pervert who was lying about the abuse.

Juan Carlos Cruz said that in April he spent three days with the Pope and the two talked about his sexuality and how a Chilean priest abused him. "The pope loves you as you are, you have to be happy with who you are".

"God loves all his children, however they are; you are a son of God, who accepts you exactly as you are".

But his latest remark, if accurate, would mark an historic shift in attitudes towards homosexuality within the Catholic church. Later that year, he suggested in an interview that God does not "reject and condemn" gay people.

Pope Francis said on Sunday that he will appoint Japanese Archbishop Manyo Maeda and 13 others as new cardinals. God made you that way and loves you as you are and I don't mind. It marked the first time a reigning pope had visited the Holy Land, but at the time the Vatican did not recognize Israel as a state, and Paul did not pronounce the word "Israel".

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For one Twitter user, Pope Francis' comments struck a cord: "Growing up gay in the Catholic church is challenging".

Pope Francis allegedly told a gay man: "That you are gay does not matter".

Apologising to the victims, the pope and to Chile for the failings of Chile's churchmen, Ramos said the bishops would all stay in their roles until Francis had decided what to do. Francis famously said in 2013. After Cruz came forward with his account, Twitter has been loving the pontiff's inclusive words of comfort.

The resignation of the bishops appears to stem from the numerous cases against Fr. Fernando Karadima, who was found guilty in a Vatican investigation of abusing boys in Santiago in the 1970s and 1980s.

Pope Francis then certified that he had solicited the opinion of the cardinals, who agreed that "these same blesseds should be proposed to the whole church as examples of Christian life and holiness". Some people will say that LGBT people can't exist in faith communities; that faith communities don't accept same-sex relationships or those whose gender doesn't match the one that they were assigned at birth.

And in 2016, he officially suggested a softening of the Catholic Church's reception of LGBTQ+ people in a letter titled, "The Joy of Love", writing, "We would like before all else to reaffirm that every person, regardless of sexual orientation, ought to be respected in his or her dignity and treated with consideration".

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